The Clippers' Bench - Historically Bad

I need to begin this piece with a retraction. In the preview for the Denver game, I included this little tidbit about Ryan Gomes' performance in Utah Wednesday night:

Gomes played 21 minutes and recorded no points, no rebounds and no assists. The only positive stat he registered was a steal (and that ball more or less just came to him). It is the only time, at least since 1946, that an NBA player has been on the floor for over 20 minutes without getting a point or a rebound.

That last little bit -- the part in italics -- not true. Not true at all, very, very not true. You might even say it is false. Many of you were flabbergasted by it and noted your disbelief in the comments section, thinking it seemed wrong or dumb or at least hyperbolic. You were right and I was wrong. But I will say that it was an honest mistake. Here's what happened.

Wednesday night after the game, I wondered to myself how many others had compiled such zero filled statistical lines, and who had done so in the most minutes. So I went to the 'Play Index' section of basketball-reference (one of my favorite things in the whole wide world to do) to check. Much to my surprise, when I looked for players with over 20 minutes of playing time to register zero points and zero rebounds, I received back no results! Now, B-R updates it's database with game data overnight, so it made sense that Gomes' game wasn't there, so the only conclusion was that his was the first in history. I even tweaked the query to look for 15 minutes or more, and sure enough there were three of those. So Gomes' game seemed to be a first.

Unfortunately, it turns out I had clicked on the wrong CATEGORY to begin with. Wednesday night, I was looking at SEASONS with zero points and zero rebounds, not individual games. Oops. That's my bad.

So apologies to Ryan, his game was not record-setting in it's lack of productivity... it was just really, really bad.

It turns out that since 85-86 (the first season for which game data is available electronically), 34 NBA players have logged 20 or more minutes, while not picking up a point, a rebound or an assist (the three most common positive stats). When you consider how many player games there have been in those 26 years, that's still some pretty elitely bad company. But here's what I didn't know before: Gomes is one of only four NBA players to have accomplished the feat TWICE. When he was with the T-Wolves in 2010, he once played 20 minutes without any positive stats -- at least he got a steal on Wednesday! (So in retrospect, maybe the front office should have seen this coming I guess.)

[Make sure you are set to Wide View in the upper right side bar to see these tables.]

Query Results

Age is Years-Days · Glossary · SHARE · CSV · PRE · LINK · ?
Rk Player Age Pos Date Tm Opp GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1 Derek Fisher 35-087 G 2009-11-04 LAL @ HOU W 1 34 0 5 .000 0 1 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0
2 Joel Anthony 28-153 C 2011-01-09 MIA @ POR W 0 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
3 Theo Ratliff 33-000 C-F 2006-04-17 POR @ GSW L 1 26 0 4 .000 0 0 0 2 .000 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 2 0
4 Bruce Bowen 34-144 F 2005-11-05 SAS @ DAL L 1 25 0 4 .000 0 1 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
5 Morris Peterson 26-089 F 2003-11-23 TOR MIL L 0 25 0 7 .000 0 5 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 2 0
6 Joel Anthony 28-175 C 2011-01-31 MIA CLE W 0 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
7 Glen Rice 34-179 F 2001-11-23 HOU @ SEA L 1 24 0 3 .000 0 2 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
8 Nick Van Exel 31-023 G 2002-12-20 DAL UTA L 0 23 0 5 .000 0 1 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 6 0
9 Jason Collins 28-134 C 2007-04-15 NJN @ IND W 1 23 0 1 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
10 Carlos Arroyo 31-131 G 2010-12-08 MIA @ UTA W 1 23 0 3 .000 0 1 .000 0 1 .000 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 0
11 Greg Foster 31-069 F-C 1999-12-11 SEA MIA W 1 23 0 5 .000 0 0 0 2 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0
12 Manute Bol 27-086 C 1990-01-10 GSW DAL W 0 23 0 1 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 0
13 Jason Collins 27-101 C 2006-03-13 NJN @ HOU W 1 22 0 2 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 0
14 Kevin Ollie 33-087 G 2006-03-24 PHI ORL L 1 22 0 2 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0
15 Matt Freije 25-060 F 2006-12-01 ATL CLE L 0 22 0 6 .000 0 2 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
16 James Posey 30-005 F-G 2007-01-18 MIA IND W 0 21 0 1 .000 0 1 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 0
17 Quinton Ross 24-342 G 2006-04-07 LAC SAC L 1 21 0 3 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 0
18 John Salmons 28-063 G 2008-02-13 SAC @ HOU L 0 21 0 4 .000 0 3 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 Calbert Cheaney 28-184 G-F 2000-01-17 BOS @ WAS W 0 21 0 2 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0
20 Felipe Lopez 24-114 G 1999-04-12 VAN @ UTA L 1 21 0 2 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0
Rk Player Age Pos Date Tm Opp GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
21 James Jones 30-049 F 2010-11-22 MIA IND L 0 21 0 1 .000 0 1 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0
22 T.R. Dunn 31-067 G-F 1986-04-09 DEN @ LAC L 1 21 0 4 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
23 Ryan Gomes 29-153 F 2012-02-01 LAC @ UTA W 1 21 0 3 .000 0 2 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0
24 Ryan Gomes 27-143 F 2010-01-22 MIN NOH L 1 20 0 4 .000 0 1 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
25 Carlos Arroyo 24-140 G 2003-12-17 UTA @ NJN L 1 20 0 5 .000 0 0 0 2 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
26 Earl Cureton 29-087 F-C 1986-11-29 CHI @ GSW L 1 20 0 2 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
27 Charles Jones 29-257 F-C 1986-12-16 WSB UTA L 1 20 0 2 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0
28 Warren Kidd 23-128 F 1994-01-15 PHI @ CLE L 0 20 0 2 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
29 Duane Causwell 27-320 C 1996-04-15 SAC @ DEN W 1 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
30 Michael Cage 34-314 F-C 1996-12-07 PHI @ HOU L 0 20 0 2 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0
31 Steve Kerr 32-171 G 1998-03-17 CHI @ IND W 0 20 0 1 .000 0 1 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
32 Matt Maloney 28-345 G 2000-11-15 ATL @ MIL L 1 20 0 5 .000 0 1 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 2 0
33 Walter McCarty 28-272 F 2002-10-31 BOS @ WAS L 0 20 0 1 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
34 Bernard Thompson 23-111 F-G 1985-12-19 PHO SAC W 1 20 0 5 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0

The list itself is fascinating. Derek Fisher holds the record since 1985 for most minutes played without a point, rebound or assist, logging 34 invisible minutes in November 2009 -- but he did get two steals. Joel Anthony may have the distinction of having the least productive game in history, a 29 minute appearance in which he registered not a single positive stat - no points, rebounds, assists, steals or blocked shots. He didn't even attempt a shot. He did however turn the ball over once and commit four fouls, so there's that. Or maybe the worst game ever belongs to Morris Peterson, who had goose eggs for points, rebounds and assists in 25 minutes while missing seven shots!

While Gomes is in contention for the worst game ever, Brian Cook is quietly putting together what could be the worst season ever. Believe it or not, in the shot clock era (since the 54-55 season) only eight players in NBA history have shot worse than 20% while being allowed to take as many as 35 shots. That's the key, right? Usually, if you miss so many shots, coaches won't let you keep taking them. Cook is currently fourth on the list -- only one miss away from a tie for first place all time! One more 0 for 4 game like last night and he'll be all alone.

Query Results

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Totals Shooting
Rk Player Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS FG% 3P% FT%
1 Eric Snow 2007-08 34 CLE NBA 22 5 305 6 38 0 2 10 22 4 16 20 42 10 4 10 30 22 .158 .000 .455
2 Von Wafer 2005-06 20 LAL NBA 16 0 73 6 38 2 17 6 8 5 3 8 4 3 0 1 12 20 .158 .118 .750
3 Jay Murphy 1984-85 22 LAC NBA 23 0 149 8 50 0 1 12 21 6 35 41 4 1 2 8 21 28 .160 .000 .571
4 Brian Cook 2011-12 31 LAC NBA 10 0 103 6 37 4 22 4 4 3 17 20 0 2 4 3 20 20 .162 .182 1.000
5 Dave Deutsch 1966-67 21 NYK NBA 19 93 6 36 9 20 21 15 17 21 .167 .450
6 Chris Garner 2000-01 25 GSW NBA 8 0 149 7 37 0 7 5 6 2 10 12 18 7 1 9 18 19 .189 .000 .833
7 Travis Knight 2000-01 26 NYK NBA 45 0 256 10 53 0 1 9 18 19 34 53 5 5 11 10 47 29 .189 .000 .500
8 Delaney Rudd 1992-93 30 POR NBA 15 1 95 7 36 1 11 11 14 4 5 9 17 1 0 11 7 26 .194 .091 .786

The Clippers began the season with Gomes and Cook as their first two forwards off the bench. So yeah, let's hope Kenyon Martin gets cleared to play soon.

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